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November 14, 2022

Indonesian timber imports into the EU threatened by new deforestation law

Indonesian officials have slammed the European Union’s proposal of a regulation that they say negates more than a decade of progress by the Southeast Asian country to comply with EU sustainable timber rules.  Under a voluntary partnership agreement, or VPA, signed in 2011, Indonesia developed a system, known as the SVLK, to verify the legality of its timber exports to the EU. The EU recognized Indonesia’s SVLK in 2016, allowing the country to issue what’s known as Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) licenses for EU-destined timber products.  To date, Indonesia ...

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